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Getting the Trailer Off-Grid Ready

| 12/10/2014 11:58:00 AM

Homesteading with Mrs DWe will be making our first big journey in the tiny trailer in a few weeks. So far, we have been no more than two nights without electrical hook ups and water, as we have been between parents, children and the Homestead. Our big trips the past year have been in the RV, which is already set up for off-grid living. Now the RV will be stationary for a while, so we will be traveling in the truck and trailer. It's time to work out the rest of the bugs and get it ready for off-grid living.

front view with closed awning 

window bandaid

The first area of concern is to finish sealing up the leaks. We've had some torrential rains here in Southern California the last few days and discovered a new leak. I had not yet replaced the caulk weatherstripping around the window next to my bed and that is where the leak is. That and applying rubber sealant on the roof and seams is first on the list. I hear it sometimes rains in Texas, which is where we're heading next. I will also be peeling back the front corner of siding to replace some more dry rot, which can no longer be put off.

partial dry rot

The second biggest concerns are the refrigerator and oven pilots. The fridge is not working on propane, only electricity. Before I worry about how I'm going to run it on electricity full time, I will try cleaning the pilot assembly on it as it may be dirty. If that doesn't work, then Plan B (electricity). I'm hoping it will work once it's clean, so I can run it on propane. The oven is not absolutely essential, but it is also a heater – it is built that way, with an internal fan that kicks in to circulate the heat while keeping the oven door closed. That takes electricity, too, so I'm hoping we won't need it too much. I do like the oven for baking bread and some other stuff.

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